The Miami Dolphins will keep Matt Moore as their backup quarterback with a two-year contract, according to a report from the NFL Network.
Moore will earn $3.5 million under the reported terms of the deal, and will continue to serve as depth behind Ryan Tannehill. For Moore, this deal will extend a run with Miami that began in 2011.
It takes going back to Moore's first season in Miami to find his last start. In that season, Moore actually started 12 games for Miami and played in 13. Ever since that campaign, Moore has played a grand total of six games, while coming off the sidelines. While Moore has not had much of an opportunity, he continues to give Miami some confidence in terms of playbook knowledge and experience in practices with the team.
If the Dolphins and Moore were unable to come to terms on a deal, the team would have needed to find a new name in a thin market. There were no closely connected QBs in reports with Miami, while Moore had discussions with the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys recently.
Miami has had a very active off-season already with contract restructuring, trades, signings, and releases. The team also tried to snag a new running back in CJ Anderson. Miami had signed the RB to an offer sheet which was matched by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday. After letting Lamar Miller leave via free agency, Miami will likely continue to search for a new member of its ground game.
The Dolphins also will likely look to make some improvements to its offensive line. A good amount of time has thus far been focused on the defense. Finding an improved line to protect Tannehill will be critical to the success of the team. In 2015, Tannehill was sacked 45 times and was rushed on many more passes.